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04 DAYS MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI IN RWANDA

Overview

Rwanda, known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” offers a remarkable array of tours that captivate travelers with its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and rare wildlife encounters. From the lush rainforests of Volcanoes National Park, where you can embark on an unforgettable gorilla trekking expedition, to the serene shores of Lake Kivu, where relaxation and scenic beauty intertwine, Rwanda showcases the best of East Africa.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our driver guide who will then take you to your hotel in Kigali for an overnight and dinner.

Day Itinerary

  • VIP meet & greet through immigration procedures. 
  •  Pick up from Kigali International Airport for a 20 minutes transfer to Kigali Hotel.
  • Arrival at Hotel for Check in.  
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 
Overnight and Dinner:  
  • Retreat By Heaven/ Kigali Marriot   
Meal Plan: Dinner. 
Driving Time: 10 Minutes. 

Begin the day with a morning breakfast and then embark on Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. The centre is an extremely moving, challenging, educational and ultimately inspiring as well as a great place to understand the cause, tragedy and successful rebuilding post- genocide.

The memorial hosts a tour which is transparent and educational but very sombre and humbling when guests realise that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial.

Later, continue to Volcano National Park- bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Visitors flock here to experience a face to face encounter with these intriguing creatures. The park is set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Highly regulated treks through the reserve allow visitors to spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. While the gorillas are without a doubt the main draw card, visitors can also look forward to exploring a network of scenic hiking trails, visiting the tomb of the world-famous Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre, and enjoying a beautiful day hike to the Crater Lake on Mount Bisoke.

Visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus, whose main mission of existence is to create more space for engaging the different stakeholders in conservation including scientists, tourists, conservation partners, students, and local community members around Volcanoes National Park. Bringing together these stakeholders is one of the ways of advancing the collective goal of protecting mountain gorillas and the planet in general.

Day Itinerary 

  • 0800: Begin the day with a morning breakfast.
  • 0830: Depart for Kigali Genocide memorial center.
  • 0900: Visit the Genocide memorial center.
  • 1130: Transfer to Volcanoes. Travel time 2.30hrs.
  • 1400: Arrival at the Lodge.
  • 1420: Lunch for the day and prepare to visit Ellen DeGeneres Campus
  • 1530: Ready to visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus to have an insight for tomorrow’s gorilla experience.
  • 1800: Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Overnight: ∙Bisate Lodge/ 5 Volcanoes

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Driving Time: 2.30 hrs. or Helicopter flight; 30 minutes.

After the early morning breakfast at the lodge, set off for Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park which offers visitors the unique opportunity of discovering the 10 families of gorillas that live within the national park. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee before the trek starts and will be separated into groups of 8 depending on their physical abilities. Each group is guided by a guide and two scouts who are well trained in emergency situations. The amount of time set aside per trek is different depending on where the gorilla family is situated. Some trips may take as little as half an hour and some taking the better part of the day.
 
Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
 
Offering an adventurous stay in a traditional rural, Rwandan village that has existed for centuries living with and next to mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village gives you a rare chance to meet local people, in their environment, with a taste of our culture and traditions. The community you visit will genuinely welcome you as a special guest while they proudly present to you aspects of their traditions and beliefs. This will truly be an experience of a lifetime as you home stay with the community and become part of their family
 
Day Itinerary 
  • 0600: Begin the day with a morning breakfast.
  • 0630: Transfer to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking briefing.
  • 0800: Start the gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
  • 1200: Estimated time of returning from the jungle.
  • 1230: Transfer back to the Lodge.
  • 1300: Lunch at the Lodge.
  • 1500: Visit to Iby’ Iwacu cultural village.
  • 1800: Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Overnight: ∙Bisate Lodge or 5 Volcanoes

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Start the day with morning breakfast and drive to Volcanoes National Park for Golden Monkey Tracking offers visitors a unique experience of catching a glimpse of the endangered Golden Monkey. These striking primates with their bright orange fur contrasting the green rainforests of the Virunga Mountains is a photographers dream. The Golden Monkey can be found in very few places outside of Volcanoes National Park, and their vibrant colours, energetic demeanour, and sizeable troupes of up to 30 individuals are indeed a sight to behold.

Day Itinerary

  • 0600: Begin the day with a morning breakfast.
  • 0630: Transfer to the park headquarters for the golden monkey trekking briefing.
  • 0800: Start Golden monkey trek.
  • 1130: Estimated time of returning from the jungle.
  • 1200: Lunch at the Lodge.
  • 1330: Drive back to Kigali
  • 1700: Estimated time of arrival in Kigali and transfer to the airport.
  • 1800: End of service.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, & Lunch.

Driving Time: 2.30 hrs or Helicopter flight; 30 minutes.

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